Mercedes has teased the electrification of its lineup for some time now, and today the teasing stops. Meet the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC-Class all-electric crossover. Here’s what to expect when it makes its way to showrooms.
Visually, the EQC-Class electric crossover will boast a familiar silhouette that is similar to Mercedes-Benz’s existing lineup of crossovers. But the shared profile is where the similarities end, as its front end will head in a new styling direction with almost triangular headlights and a smaller grille. Mercedes will help with aerodynamics by smoothing the front bumper and leaving it with fewer air inlets, given there will be no combustion engine to cool. Also, it will feature unique wheels with a large number of thin spokes with small quarter spokes between each full-length spoke.
The EQC will measure 187.4 inches long, 82.5 inches wide, and 63.9 inches tall. It’ll ride on a 113.1-inch wheelbase. These measurements will put it smack between the GLC-Class and GLE-Class. Inside the cabin, Mercedes promises a high-quality interior with an electro-look with its louvered trim in the upper area of the dash and door panel that mimic the cooling fins on an amplifier.
The EQC-Class will treat buyers to three distinct tiers: Progressive, Premium, and Advanced. The Progressive and Premium tiers will include two unique curated paints and upholsteries, while the Advanced tier will have three options. The base tier will be the Progressive, and it will come standard with the Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system, navigation, dual 10.25-inch touchscreens, a 64-color ambient lighting, “EQC” illuminated door sills, intelligent LED headlights with automatic high beams, and more.
When it arrives in showrooms, the EQC-Class lineup will include just one initial variant, the EQC 400 4MATIC. This model will use a dual-motor system that will consist of front and rear electric motors that combine to produce 402 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. This will launch the EQC to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and up to a 112-mph top speed. Mercedes has not provided an estimated driving range yet, but we know it’ll use an 80-kilowatt-hour battery pack that will charge from 10% to 80% in just 40 minutes on a DC fast charger. On a 240-volt wall-box charger, charging will take 10 hours to go from 10% to 100%.
As an advanced electric crossover, the EQC-Class will also boast the latest in tech to keep you safe, including standard automatic emergency braking and car-to-x communication. Buyers can also add the Driver Assistance Package, which will include adaptive cruise control and other items to make your daily commute safer and more comfortable. There are no official crash-test scores from the IIHS and the NHTSA, but with its standard and available safety items, the EQC-Class is in a position to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick.